Legislature(2017 - 2018)GRUENBERG 120

03/23/2018 08:45 AM STATE AFFAIRS

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08:51:16 AM Start
08:51:36 AM Approval of Introduction of Potential Committee Legislation
08:59:56 AM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
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-- Rescheduled from 3/22/18 --
+ SCR 17 APRIL 2018:SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH TELECONFERENCED
Scheduled but Not Heard
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- AK Permanent Fund Governance by Angela Rodell,
Chief Exec. Officer
- Fiscal Plans Overview by Leg. Finance Div.
- Overview of Permanent Fund Proposals in the
Legislature by Legislative Staff
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legislation
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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
             HOUSE STATE AFFAIRS STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                           
                         March 23, 2018                                                                                         
                           8:51 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, Chair                                                                                   
Representative Adam Wool                                                                                                        
Representative Chris Birch                                                                                                      
Representative Gary Knopp                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Gabrielle LeDoux, Vice Chair                                                                                     
Representative Chris Tuck                                                                                                       
Representative DeLena Johnson                                                                                                   
Representative Andy Josephson (alternate)                                                                                       
Representative Chuck Kopp (alternate)                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
APPROVAL OF INTRODUCTION OF POTENTIAL COMMITTEE LEGISLATION                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 17                                                                                             
Proclaiming April 2018 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     - SCHEDULED BUT NOT HEARD                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
No previous action to record                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
BROOKE IVY, Staff                                                                                                               
Representative Jason Grenn                                                                                                      
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Explained the origins of forthcoming House                                                               
State Affairs Standing Committee legislation.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:51:16 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  JONATHAN KREISS-TOMKINS  called  the  House State  Affairs                                                             
Standing   Committee    meeting   to    order   at    8:51   a.m.                                                               
Representatives  Wool,  Birch,  Knopp,  and  Kreiss-Tomkins  were                                                               
present at the call to order.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
  APPROVAL OF INTRODUCTION OF POTENTIAL COMMITTEE LEGISLATION                                                                 
^APPROVAL OF INTRODUCTION OF POTENTIAL COMMITTEE LEGISLATION                                                                    
8:51:36 AM                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS  announced that  the only order  of business                                                               
would  be consideration  of forthcoming  legislation relating  to                                                               
the duties  of the Alaska  Public Offices  Commission; clarifying                                                               
the  limits  on making,  accepting,  and  reporting certain  cash                                                               
campaign  contributions; relating  to campaign  finance reporting                                                               
by  certain groups;  relating to  the  identification of  certain                                                               
campaign communications;  increasing the  time the  Alaska Public                                                               
Offices Commission  has to respond  to a request for  an advisory                                                               
opinion;   repealing   a   reporting  requirement   for   certain                                                               
contributions;   relating   to    propositions   and   initiative                                                               
proposals; and providing for an effective date.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:51:56 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BROOKE  IVY,  Staff,  Representative Jason  Grenn,  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, informed  the committee  that on February  21, 2017,                                                               
the  Department  of  Administration  (DOA)  Finance  Subcommittee                                                               
adopted  a  department  budget   closeout  report  that  included                                                               
statutory change proposal  recommendations; they were recommended                                                               
via  an   amendment  process  previously   held  in   the  budget                                                               
subcommittee.    The  first   set  of  recommendations  addressed                                                               
streamlining  Alaska Public  Office  Commission (APOC)  reporting                                                               
statutes; there were  five areas in statute  that were identified                                                               
for  streamlining  efficiencies  in APOC,  given  APOC's  reduced                                                               
staff over the years due to budget reductions.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. IVY referred  to a work draft of  the forthcoming legislation                                                               
[Version   30-LS1525\A,  Bullard,   3/13/18],  included   in  the                                                               
committee packet.   She cited Section 1 [page 2,  lines 13-14, of                                                               
the  work draft],  which would  amend AS  15.13.030(7) to  remove                                                               
"all";  that would  allow APOC  some discretion  for the  duty of                                                               
examining, investigating,  and comparing reports,  statement, and                                                               
actions.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. IVY  referred to Sections 3  and 4 [page 3,  lines 17-23, and                                                               
page  4,  line 2,  of  the  work  draft],  which would  amend  AS                                                               
15.13.040(g)  and  (m) to  extend  the  small campaign  reporting                                                               
exemption  for filing  reports for  state candidates  to "groups"                                                               
that receive and expend less than $2,500.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. IVY referred  to Section 7 [page 4, line  27, through page 5,                                                               
line 12,  of the work draft],  which would amend AS  15.13.090 to                                                               
add subsection  (g).  The  new language would clarify  some "paid                                                               
for by" identifiers as recommended by APOC.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS.  IVY referred  to Section  8 [page  5, line  14, of  the work                                                               
draft], which would amend AS  15.13.374(c) to extend the response                                                               
time permitted for APOC for  advisory opinion requests from seven                                                               
days to  ten working days.   She  added that APOC  indicated that                                                               
change would alleviate the staff workload.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS.  IVY referred  to Section  9 [page  5, line  18, of  the work                                                               
draft],  which would  repeal  AS 15.13.040(k)  -  a statement  of                                                               
contributions   reporting  requirement.      She  expressed   her                                                               
understanding that  currently all  groups, individuals,  and non-                                                               
group entities must  report any contributions of $500  or more to                                                               
a group  organized to influence  a proposition; they  must submit                                                               
it  30  days  after  the  recipients  of  the  contributions  are                                                               
required to  submit the same  report; therefore, it  is redundant                                                               
reporting.   The  intent of  the  change is  to reduce  redundant                                                               
reporting.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. IVY  explained that Sections  2, 5, and  6 of the  work draft                                                               
address   issues   outside   of   the   scope   of   the   budget                                                               
recommendations.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:55:50 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS  offered that  Sections 2, 5,  and 6  of the                                                               
work    draft   incorporate    a   clarification    proposed   by                                                               
Representative Dan Saddler in HB  [349]; that is, a "year" refers                                                               
to a  calendar year.   The sponsor of  HB 349 concurred  with the                                                               
addition of these amendments to the forthcoming legislation.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:56:39 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   BIRCH  expressed   his   appreciation  for   the                                                               
elimination  of duplicative  reporting to  APOC.   He offered  an                                                               
anecdote  in  which a  person  donating  to  a ballot  issue  was                                                               
penalized for  not reporting, because  he/she was unaware  of the                                                               
requirement.  He  added that reporting online was  difficult.  He                                                               
asked whether making  the threshold for reporting  lower - $5,000                                                               
to  $2,500 -  would increase  the reporting  requirements, rather                                                               
than decrease  it.  He  referred to page  3, lines 17-23,  of the                                                               
work draft.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. IVY expressed  her understanding that the  $5,000 will remain                                                               
for anyone  who is a  delegate to a constitutional  convention, a                                                               
judge seeking judicial retention, or  a candidate for election to                                                               
a municipal office.   She clarified that the  new language refers                                                               
to "groups"  as identified in  statute and sets the  threshold at                                                               
$2,500.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE BIRCH asked what the  threshold is currently for a                                                               
group?                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS.  IVY responded  that currently  there is  no threshold;  they                                                               
must report.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  BIRCH  restated  that  instead  of  reducing  the                                                               
threshold  amount to  $2,500, the  forthcoming legislation  would                                                               
exempt any donation under $2,500 from reporting requirements.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. IVY answered, "That is correct."                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:58:45 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WOOL suggested  that the  forthcoming legislation                                                               
is more  about efficiency than about  money.  He offered  that it                                                               
appears to  be a regulatory change,  but in fact must  be done by                                                               
statute.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS confirmed  that is true.   He mentioned that                                                               
the  reason  the  request  for statutory  change  came  from  the                                                               
finance subcommittee is  because APOC's budget has  been cut, and                                                               
APOC is looking to alleviate its statutory requirements.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:59:23 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL moved that the  committee authorize the chair                                                               
to draft  an act on  behalf of  the House State  Affairs Standing                                                               
Committee relating  to the  duties of  the Alaska  Public Offices                                                               
Commission;  clarifying  the  limits on  making,  accepting,  and                                                               
reporting  certain  cash   campaign  contributions;  relating  to                                                               
campaign  finance reporting  by certain  groups; relating  to the                                                               
identification  of  certain campaign  communications;  increasing                                                               
the time the  Alaska Public Offices Commission has  to respond to                                                               
a  request  for  an  advisory   opinion;  repealing  a  reporting                                                               
requirement for  certain contributions; relating  to propositions                                                               
and initiative proposals; and providing for an effective date.                                                                  
There being no objection, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:59:56 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business before the committee, the House                                                                 
State Affairs Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 9:00                                                                  
p.m.                                                                                                                            

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